ACLU Prematurely Wishes Rehnquist a Fond (?) Fairwell...: "In an unusual press release dated Aug. 1:
The American Civil Liberties Union today wished retiring Chief Justice Rehnquist well in his battle with cancer, but warned that the Bush administration was now in a position to reshape the Supreme Court for the next generation.
'Though we disagreed with the Chief Justice on many issues, we wish him all the best,' said Steven R. Shapiro, the ACLU's National Legal Director. 'With two vacancies to fill on a closely divided Supreme Court, the stakes could not be higher.'
FYI: The link is now down. In a comment posted on this site, the ACLU says mistakes were made.
This was a release drafted shortly after the O'Connor retirement that was prepared but never published. We believe that the publishing system at ACLU.org made it findable by search engines in a technical error. We've removed the page completely from our system.
Media Relations Director
ACLU National Office
Whoops! They've probably already pre-ordered funeral flowers too just in case something drastic happens over a weekend and they don't want to go into the office.